Once every 100 years...

@aseretdd (13735)
Philippines
January 17, 2008 9:38pm CST
Here is and interesting tree... one that flowes only once every 100 years... and then dies... it was discovered in Madgascar...they have yet to give the tree a name but for now... they call it "The Self-Destructing Palm Tree"... i hope they can think of a better name... These type of trees has been in existance for almost 80 million years and were only thought of as myth since the christmas tree like flower are only seen once every 100 years then dies afterwards... this is just a living proof that trees are as diverse as the creatures the move here on earth... Here is a link to the article... you will be able to see an image of the tree through the link... http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23432919-details/Discovered:+The+self-destructing+palm+tree+that+flowers+once+every+100+years/article.do
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
18 Jan 08
We have a succulent called the century plant that flowers every 100 years but it doesn't die. It just makes a huge stalk that flowers and then makes baby century plants that fall off and grow into more plants. We Have a lot of succulents that only flower every 10,20,or 30 years.
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
That is very interesting...but what kind of plant is a succulent? i hope you can upload an image of it here in mylot... thank you very much for the informative response...
@drannhh (15234)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Yes, our plant sure made a lot of babies, lol. I don't know how anyone could keep track of how often it blossomed because of all the babies, unless they were marked with the date they wore born and the date they flowered. Huge monsters, they were, though!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
18 Jan 08
A succulent is a type of cactus only this one does not have a lot of spiky thorns. It grows with wide tapering leaves from the ground almost like a bush but all leaves come from the middle and they can be fout feet long with one spiky sharp point at the tip. A huge stalk grows out of the center straight up to form the flowers about 6 or 7 ft high.
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@dbhattji (2506)
• India
18 Jan 08
Very intresting fact but if the tree flowers every 100 years why is it called self destructing ? It does not destroy itself but renews every 100 years.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
I have no idea why they called it self-destructing... but i think they will give the tree a proper name soon... that name is just to awful... thank you very much for the response...
@drannhh (15234)
• United States
18 Jan 08
When we moved into our first house in California after living in apartments, the neighbors said the prickly exotic looking plant in our front yard was a "Century Tree" and told us a story like that, but of course, it was some other similar kind of tree, at least we think it was. It did blossom once while we lived there and looked very much like the one in your link. I hope whoever lives there now didn't chop it down, as it was quite unique whatever it was, but it sure took up a lot of space in the yard.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
Wow, so i guess that type of tree can be found all over the world but most of us are unaware of it... witnessing a blossom would have been a grand event if we only knew that it will happen only once in 100 hears... i also hope that they didn't chop it down even if the tree took a lot of space... i know i wouldn't if it was mine... thanks for the response...